Dedication to Cats and Heart Disease in Cats with Dr. Kate Meurs


A very special conversation with Dr. Kate Meurs, long-time researcher and is now Dean of Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In a wide-ranging cat conversation HERE on Steve Dale’s PetWorld, WGN radio.

She describes a challenging goal and that is to improve cat health around the world.  And he’s serious about this.

She says we’re in a better position to do this now as veterinary medicine has finally adapted to the cat, and through initiatives like Fear Free there’s more potential to benefit cats. Also, there’s the American Association of Feline Practitioners, veterinarians who specialize in cats who are not just small dogs.

Cats are so adept at masking illness and pain. Dr. Duncan Lascelles, professor at North Carolina State has researched pain in cats, and that in fact cats suffer from arthritis FAR more than even before to recognize this and what to do about it.

Dr. Meurs comments on kitten kindergarten classes.

Enrichment is not only a good idea, it’s necessary.

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

The most common heart disease in cats is feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and it happens so often that it is likely the number one cause of death in cats from about 2 to 10 years. Detection of HCM isn’t always obvious, as Dr. Meurs explains.

Steve discusses a fund he created, called the Ricky Fund, to support investigators like Dr. Meurs learning more about heart disease in cats with what is now the EveryCat Health Foundation. Also, Dr. Meurs discusses the research she has done regarding HCM and genetics, particularly in Ragdolls and Maine Coon cats where gene defects responsible for the disease can be detected.

Learn more about Ricky and the Ricky Fund HERE.

Dr. Meurs reveals new research for heart disease in cats, and she describes why she is optimistic.

Also, cats get heat stroke too.